Athletics’ Trevor Cahill tops players for Sunday, Aug. 5; Cardinals’ Flaherty tops NL players

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Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Cahill struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 6-0 win over the Tigers.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 5:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
6 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 13.7
9 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 12.8
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Cahill earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, 31st among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Pirates.

American League Batter of the Day—Mark Trumbo of the Orioles homered twice and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 9-6 win over the Rangers.

National League Batter of the Day—Evan Longoria of the Giants hit a go-ahead, eighth-inning homer in the 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Longoria also doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs.

Longoria had a Box-Toppers game score Sunday of +3.0, same as Ender Inciarte of the Braves, who was Player of the Game in his team’s 5-4, 10-inning win over the Mets. Inciarte also had similar linescore to Longoria (3-4 2R 2BI), but Longoria ranked ahead, winning NL Batter of the Day honors, because he hit a home run and double while Inciarte’s hit a homer and a single.

Longoria also has now earned Box-Toppers points for 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018.

Longoria earned his first points in 2008 with the Rays and has 50.5 career points, 16th among active NL batters, third among active NL third basemen. His best season was 2009 with the Rays, when he had 8.5 Box-Toppers points, second among AL third basemen. In 2017, he had 2.0 points with the Rays.

Notable—Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Gray (8IP 4H R 2BB 8K ND in the 5-4, 11-inning win over the Brewers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.7 for the season, 21st among all players and seventh among NL pitchers.

Scoring—Cahill earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Flaherty earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Trumbo and Longoria each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

8/5 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 OAK 6, DET 0 Trevor Cahill (W, 4‑2) 6.0 3 0 0 1 10
NL +9.0 STL 2, PIT 1 Jack Flaherty (W, 5‑6) 6.0 3 0 0 1 7
+8.0 `COL 5, MIL 4 (F/11) Jon Gray 8.0 4 1 1 2 8
BAT +6.0 BAL 9, TEX 6 Mark Trumbo RF 4 2 3 5
+3.2 SD 10, CHC 6 Craig Stammen (W, 5‑1) (BS, 4) 1.2 1 0 0 0 3
+3.1 LAD 3, HOU 2 Walker Buehler (W, 5‑4) 5.1 4 2 2 2 8
BAT +3.0 SF 3, ARI 2 Evan Longoria 3B 4 2 3 2
+3.0 ATL 5, NYM 4 (F/10) Ender Inciarte CF 4 2 3 2
+3.0 SEA 6, TOR 3 Nelson Cruz DH 4 1 2 4
+3.0 CHW 8, TB 7 Avisail Garcia RF 4 3 2 2
+3.0 MIN 6, KC 5 Jake Cave CF 3 1 1 4
+3.0 CLE 4, LAA 3 Jose Ramirez 3B 2 1 1 3
+3.0 `WSH 2, CIN 1 Ryan Madson (H, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 BOS 5, NYY 4 (F/10) Matt Barnes (W, 4‑3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
+2.0 PHI 5, MIA 3 Pat Neshek (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
MLB—Overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day, worth 2.0 total Box-Toppers points.
AL—Overall American League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
NL—Overall National League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
BAT—Top AL or NL Batter of the Day, worth 1.5 total Box-Toppers points.
All other players listed here earn Player of the Game honors, worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top players

Here are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Player of the Game winners. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (’18). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’17-18), the period 2013-2018 (’13-18) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2018 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2017 total (+/-).

Player of the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 9.7 14.4 21.4 21.4 +5.0
Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.4 +7.4
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 7.1 7.1 7.1 7.1 +7.1
Cahill, Trevor 2658 pi sp oak al 6.0 12.4 22.4 52.6 -0.4
Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b cle al 5.0 15.0 20.0 20.0 -5.0
Trumbo, Mark 2851 dh rf bal al 5.0 7.0 26.2 40.9 +3.0
Stammen, Craig 2506 pi mr sd nl 4.0 5.0 9.0 17.0 +3.0
Cruz, Nelson 2224 dh sea al 2.5 8.0 29.5 61.7 -3.0
Barnes, Matt 3466 pi mr cp bos al 2.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 -1.0
Cave, Jake 3992 cf min al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Longoria, Evan 2423 3b sf nl 1.5 3.5 19.5 50.5 -0.5
Garcia, Avisail 3256 rf chi al 1.0 7.7 18.7 18.7 -5.7
Inciarte, Ender 3360 cf atl nl 1.0 7.5 13.5 13.5 -5.5
Madson, Ryan 1841 pi mr dc nl 1.0 5.0 8.0 28.7 -3.0
Neshek, Pat 2196 pi mr phi nl 1.0 2.0 5.0 13.0 0.0
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